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“Cozy & friendly mountain getaway” 4 of 5 stars
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Balsam Mountain Inn & Restaurant
3.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   68 Seven Springs Drive, Balsam, NC 28707   |  
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Asheville, North Carolina
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Cozy & friendly mountain getaway”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013

My husband and I went here for a quick weekend getaway...just a small drive from where we live in Asheville. We were greeted with extremely friendly, down-home service. We asked for a bottle of champagne upon our arrival which was good and chilled by the time we got to our room. We ate dinner here both evenings, and while it is a small menu, we enjoyed ourselves and were impressed with the beer selection especially. The dinner service was a little slow, but we did not mind...we were in no hurry. The property is close to the Mountains to Sea trail where we took a day hike before going into Sylva to walk around. Main gripes about this place were that the walls are VERY thin - you can hear everything going on in the rooms next to you. Also, it was pretty chilly in the whole place, but that's to be expected in an old, large building such as this one. Loved that there was no internet and no TV...just a perfect way to unplug and relax...no frills. Just what we needed.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Atlanta, Georgia
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39 reviews 39 reviews
16 hotel reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

This was our second time staying here and, like the first time, it was wonderful, relaxing, cozy and welcoming. We stayed in a room on the second floor this time and found it to be as nice as the first but prefer the first!

Breakfast was good and all the staff were nice and helpful. We can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

We spent the weekend at the Balsam Mountain Inn and thoroughly enjoyed a special feature called Songwriters in the Round. There were 3 featured song writers and for $45/person there was a buffet which was fairly average- prime rib, green beans and the more unusual shrimp and grits. But the music was great and the musicians were very approachable during the break.
We were on the 3rd floor of the inn. It is the first time that I have stayed at this type of inn- a 100+ year old restored hotel . The room was small with a large comfortable king bed. Our view from the window was another building- it was very chilly at night but of course it was February in the mountains! The walls are very thin and you can easily hear conversations going on in the rooms on either side. Unfortunately there was a unhappy baby who cried on and off during the night. A sound machine might have been helpful. We could hear anytime someone walked down the hall and some of the visitors this weekend had very heavy footsteps.
The location of the inn is beautiful and we were fortunate to have snow while there. There are many small towns nearby with local artisans featured in many of the shops.
Overall enjoyed our visit but will probably not stay there again.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Asheville, North Carolina
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

This place is, well, okay. It's an admittedly lovely structure, with the requisite rocking chairs on the porch. It looks and feels the way non-mountain folk think a place like this ought to feel. There are braided rugs and single-minded radiators and ruffled furniture and claw foot tubs and pine floors. There are Teddy Bears and whimmy-diddles and folk art oddities in the gift shop The staff are friendly and accommodating. So this review is not universally damning.

However, the rooms are quite noisy and the walls are thin, so any intimacy, coming or going, will be shared with your neighbors. Some kind of gag might be in order for such activities. You will hear clomping feet all night long, and the occasional barking dog {Yes, dogs are allowed, it seems, regardless of their behavior characteristics.) There is no phone service, no TV, no AC, The pillows, by the way, are cheap sponge jobbers, so if you're used to squshy and sumptuous, bring your own pillow.

There was coffee aplenty at the pleasant breakfast bar, plus juice, cereal and fruit. The feature of the fixed fare consisted of what were called "carmelized" french toast, so sweet as to induce immediate diabetic symptoms. The bacon was decent, and the little muffin (about the size of a large acorn) had its merits. I'd recommend an enlarge version as the centerpiece.

As a previous reviewer suggested, the $140 bill is a bit high, considering what you get for your money. It's not an awful place by any means, but it is a bit of a cliche, in my opinion, and not all that relaxing, if that's your goal. Lots of nice towns nearby, so if location is a major consideration, this might work for you. but there are plenty of asterisks to consider.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Bill G, Innkeeper at Balsam Mountain Inn & Restaurant, responded to this review, March 7, 2013
Hi WMHallberg. Thanks for your visit to Balsam, and we’re sorry that the inn didn’t measure up for you. We hope you’ll give us another try sometime soon. A necessary point of fact: no pets are allowed in our rooms. The indiscretion you heard was probably that of Grover, the inn dog. Sometimes we too wish he’d put a sock in it (or a gag), but his positives far outweigh his negatives, generally speaking. Best wishes for a great spring!
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Birmingham, Alabama
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013 via mobile

We knew what to expect going into our trip, that this place was a throw back to a different time. There were no phones or tv's but there is decent wi-fi. The room we stayed in (#203) was old, (the inn opened over 100 years ago) but the sheets and towels were clean and the bed was comfortable. We asked for a room with a claw foot tub and had a nice sized bathroom. The rooms were small and you could hear the neighbors, but we were barely in the room and turned on a sound machine app when we went to sleep which provided a good night's sleep.

We ate breakfast and dinner at the inn both days. The dinner was outstanding, we enjoyed all parts of it. I was surprised at how good and reasonably priced everything was. The steak was cooked perfectly and the selection of vegetables was fresh and delicious. I was not crazy about breakfast. It was good, but did not compare to dinner. We had eggs, bacon, fruit, and a small muffin, plus yogurt and cereal. We ate in the smaller dining room each day and it had a great atmosphere. The staff was very friendly and helpful.

Overall, we had a nice weekend getaway and would return to the Balsam Mountain Inn again.

Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Greenville, South Carolina
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68 reviews 68 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

Wonderful old inn and restaurant in private, quiet setting. Very historical.. Cozy in winter. Close by to waynesville nc and other cool small towns in the great Smokey Mountains. Very close to the Blue Ridge Parkway.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Atlanta, Georgia
Top Contributor
80 reviews 80 reviews
29 hotel reviews
Reviews in 49 cities Reviews in 49 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

I enjoy historic hotels and always seek them out in my travels. This one does not dissappoint and if you are interested

in learning more about this gem log onto their website and learns its history. I think that inns owner has incredible

passion in her vision for this grand place and I wish contiued success in her vision for the inn.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 68 Seven Springs Drive, Balsam, NC 28707
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Location: United States > North Carolina > Balsam
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Balsam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Balsam Mountain Inn & Restaurant 3*
Number of rooms: 50
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Read, rest, ramble and romp at the Balsam Mountain Inn! Nestled among lofty Smoky Mountain peaks just off the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Balsam Mountain Inn was completed in 1908 to serve the highest railway depot in the east. Restored in 1991, the inn now welcomes travelers with 50 cheerful rooms, rocker-filled porches, a fine library and gracious dining. Plump pillows and soft comforters inspire pleasant dreams! In December, 2011, the Inn came once again to be owned by Merrily Teasley, the innkeeper who restored the structure two decades ago. An experienced rescuer of wonderful buildings, Teasley bought the derelict inn in 1990, and her certified rehabilitation effort helped the inn – already on the National Historic Register – experience a rebirth. ... more   less 
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